HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS

HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS

by Rachel Andrew

Paperback(Second Edition)



HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS , 2nd Edition is for web developers looking to create websites using Cascading Style Sheets for layout, which allow for faster page downloads, easier maintenance, faster website redesigns, and better search engine optimization.

HTML Utopia covers all aspects of using Cascading Style Sheets in Web Development, and is a must-read for Web Developers designing new sites or upgrading existing ones to use CSS layouts.

This book includes one of the most comprehensive CSS2 references on the market. Jeffrey Zeldman, web design guru and co-founder of the Web Standards Project, says "After reading this book, you will not only understand how to use CSS to emulate old-school, table-driven web layouts, you will be creating websites that would be impossible to design using traditional methods".

The second edition of this popular book includes brand new coverage of Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 1.1, new CSS Solutions, and greatly expanded coverage of popular, cross-browser, CSS layout techniques.

From The Back Cover

"Now You Too Can Easily Create Modern 'Table-free' Websites Using CSS from scratch"

Rachel Andrew and Dan Shafer's book is a comprehensive guide to learning and applying the principles of CSS to your Website.

This book will teach you how to

  • Write faster loading, dramatically smaller pages
  • Speed up site maintenance by separating the content from the layout
  • Create flexible 3-column designs with ease
  • Write device-independent CSS that will work on everything from a PC to an internet refridgerator
  • Write search engine friendly pages that can actually be understood by search engines
  • Design sites that are standards compliant
  • Accomodate older Web Browsers
  • And much more...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780975240274
Publisher: SitePoint Pty, Limited
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Rachel Andrew is the Director of, a Web solutions company based in the UK. She is a member of the Web Standards project, serving on the Dreamweaver Task Force.

Rachel's writing credits include: Dreamweaver MX Design Projects (Apress), Fundamental Web Design and Development Skills (glasshaus) and HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS, 2nd Edition (SitePoint).

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faganjc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great intro to CSS and to the topic mentioned in the title.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you a web designer who is curious about how CSS can help you become a more effective designer? If you are, then this book is for you. Authors Rachel Andrew and Daniel Shafer, have done an outstanding job of writing a cool book that focuses on the question of how to use CSS to accomplish some of the successes that web designers have spent a significant amounts of time and energy to create using nested tables. Andrew and Shafer, begin with a brief introduction to CSS and the main concepts. Then, the authors show you how to use CSS in practical ways. Next, the authors show you how CSS works. They also show you how to validate your documents and stylesheets to ensure that they comply with the published specifications. The authors continue by looking closely at the ways in which colors can be applied to text and other objects as well as, to page backgrounds. Then, they examine the question of how fonts can be used properly in CSS-based web design. Next, the authors show you how to create a simple two-column layout. They then show you how to add a third column to the layout you created. Finally, the authors show you how to create a fixed-width layout that¿s centered in the user¿s browser window. This most excellent book begins by looking at how CSS should influence the overall design of a site. Perhaps more importantly, the book shows you how to put the CSS framework in place before you begin to deal with individual HTML elements and their styling!